VECTIS U15s vs Farnborough
VECTIS U15s put in a spirited end of year performance, but were unable to hold off a large, powerful Farnborough side as they finish the year on the wrong side of a 47-7 score-line.
AS 2016 draws to an end there was a final outing for the Vectis U15s as they took the field against a very strong and powerful Farnborough side. Despite the obvious mismatch in size and strength the home side quickly put their pre-match fears aside and proved to the opposition, and themselves, that they were here to play.
A fast and frenetic start to the game finished with Farnborough putting together several phases of attacking play and pushing hard into the VECTIS half. The visitors then swung the ball to the right creating space on the left for their winger to burst around the outside and touch down for an unconverted try.
Un-phased by the swiftness of the attack the home side went on the offensive from the restart, soon finding themselves in the opposition 22. The ensuing 5m scrum enabled a re-shuffle in the back row to see Alex Cole, and VECTIS Man Of The Match, move to Number 8 and bundle over the line. The conversion by Mitch Farrant had the hosts in the lead for the first and unfortunately last time in the game.
The remainder of the half was evenly matched with both teams stretching their opposition but unable to make significant headway against some determined defences. It was, however, the visiting team that broke the deadlock using their strong runners to power through the VECTIS defence and touch down for another unconverted try.
It was a third score for Farnborough that took the teams into the half-time break with the home side trailing 15-7.
The second half belonged to the travelling team as they begun to dominant in the loose play and secure numerous turnovers. Last ditch tackles from Tom Hollis at full back and Jack Turner on the wing kept the Visitors out on several occasions, but their defensive efforts could not hold the Visitors out for too long.
As the legs began to tire it was the Farnborough side that found themselves on the ascendency as they began to punish VECTIS for consistently losing the ball in contact. Able to be more productive with their strong runners and quick recycling the score soon got away from VECTIS as Farnborough moved to a final score of 47.
To the credit of many of the VECTIS team they refused to let their heads fall and continued to defend with body on the line tackles, notably Harri Jones-Evans for his head on tackle in the final quarter and the continued efforts of Alex Cole, Jake Puckett and Jack Davis.
The forwards can take pride that under severe pressure the scrum held firm, the line-out operated well and they produced some of their own strike runners through Jake Miller and Chester. The backs equally impressed with the continued attacks created by Scrum Half, James Franklin, and some good runs by Harry Stead and Ollie Scovell.
A result that did not truly reflect the flow of the game and how evenly matched the teams were. With a New Year to recover the team look forward to the second half of the season and getting some much needed game time.